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Bulldogs Fall to Syracuse in NCAA Tournament

Kelley Wirth in the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening.
Kelley Wirth in the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. --  Making their seventh NCAA appearance in program history, the Bulldogs gave Syracuse all it could handle in a 3-0 on Friday evening at Rec Hall.   

The scores of the match were 25-22, 25-21 and 25-16.

Yale, which this year won its 10th Ivy League title and ninth in the last 15 seasons, finished another impressive campaign with a 19-5 record overall and a 13-1 conference mark.   Izzy Simqu, one of three Bulldogs in double-figures in kills, finished with a team-high 13 for the Bulldogs and hit .423 for the match. Samantha Bray had 11 and hit .471.

In her final match at Yale, Kelley Wirth finished with 11 kills, including seven in the first set.  Wirth also surpassed the 900-kill mark during hte match.  

Senior team captain Kate Swanson had a team-high 12 digs and completed her Yale career with 1,503 digs -- third all-time at Yale behind Kelly Ozurovich (1,753) and Maddie Rudnick (1,559). 

After dropping the first set, the Bulldogs ran out to a 12-7 lead in set two after an Ellis DeJardin kill and forced a Syracuse timeout. In a set that featured six ties and three lead changes, the Orange tied the match at 18-18 and scored seven of the final 10 points of the set. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity